To be considered for participation in the Washington Semester Program, students must meet the following criteria:
- 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.
- At least Junior class standing by the term of participation.
- Good disciplinary standing.
- Completion of the Federal and Georgia Constitution requirement.
Complete and submit the application form. The application form and supporting materials may be submitted electronically, mailed or delivered in-person to the Washington Semester Program office. In addition to the form, students must submit (1) an official transcript, (2) a resume including the contact information for at least two references, (3) a 500-word, typed personal statement indicating why they wish to participate in the program and (4) the course enrollment form which is included with the application. (Please note: You must enroll in a minimum of 12 hours during the semester.)
Students enrolled at other University System of Georgia universities are eligible to participate in the program. Click here for more information.
Each term has a rolling deadline. Students who submit all application materials by the priority deadline will be considered first.
Fall 2013 Timeline
March 1, 2013- Priority Deadline for Fall 2013 Applications
Deadline Extended to April 15, 2013
March 4-22, 2013- Priority Applicant Interviews
April 30, 2013- Fall 2013 Campus Orientation
August 28, 2013- Arrival in Washington, DC
September 3, 2013- Internships Begin
December 20, 2013- Departure from DC
Spring 2014 Timeline
April 15, 2013- Early Submission Deadline for Spring 2014 Applications*
September 16, 2013- Priority Deadline for Spring 2014 Applications
September 18-27, 2013- Priority Applicant Interviews
December 3, 2013- Spring 2014 Campus Orientation
January 8, 2014- Arrival in Washington, DC
January 13, 2014- Internships Begin
April 26, 2014- Departure from DC
2013-2014 Washington Semester Program Fees
Please note: The 2013-2014 fees have not been established. For your reference the 2012-2013 Program Fees are listed.
All participants must pay the following fees to the University of Georgia:
- In-state Tuition and Fees
- Program Fee**: $5,250
- Estimated Monthly Expenses***: $700-$900
***This estimate, provided by past interns, includes food, transportation within DC, dry cleaning, entertainment and other expenses.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The University of Georgia Foundation (UGAF) generously provides all Washington Semester Program students with a minimum $500 scholarship. Additionally, the UGAF allocates scholarship funds for students who demonstrate financial need.
Other student financial aid and scholarships may be used to pay for program costs. In order to be considered for need-based aid offered by the program, students must file an up-to-date FAFSA. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine if your current means of financial assistance can be used to pay for program-related costs.
In addition to UGA fees, students are responsible for travel to and from Washington and all related living expenses that are not included in the program fee (i.e. meals).